How to Digitize Old Photos

Posted on: July 29, 2017

Starting with the first commercially available camera in 1888 and up until the digital age, life’s moments have been captured on film and turned in to slides, or prints. These images are a living representation of days gone by: old friends or relatives, family vacations, and birthday, wedding, or anniversary celebrations. Each moment captured is one that will never come again and while they are irreplaceable printed photos and slides are at risk of being lost, stolen, damaged or deteriorating over time. When you consider their value it pays to take whatever measures are necessary to preserve these memories for present and future generations—and the best way to do that is to convert them in to digital files.

How Does The Digitization Process Work?

As the scanner passes over the image it reads the information and records it as a series of pixels. The quality or detail of the image is dependent on the scanning resolution, a number that is predetermined by the limitations of the scanner or chosen by the user.

The higher the resolution the greater the detail, a measurement that is referred to as “dots per inch” or DPI. The amount of resolution used during the scanning process depends on the type of materials being scanned, and how the images will be used. For example, if the images are for viewing on a computer monitor 300 dpi is sufficient but if the user intends to use digital files to print photos, a resolution of 600 dpi may be needed. Slides and negatives require an even higher resolution as they contain a great deal more detail than hardcopy prints.

The Benefits of Digitized Photos

Over time the quality of printed photos begins to diminish as colors fade, paper begins to break down, and damage can occur from bending, folding, or fingerprints. In addition to preserving the quality of your images, the benefits of going digital include:

  • Enhanced image quality. Photo editing software can help to reverse the effects of aging, sunlight, or mishandling of photographs and in many cases leave them looking better than the original.
  • Preservation. Digitization and digital storage solutions help to preserve the integrity and safety of your images so they will be available when you need them, and for generations to come.
  • Shareability. Upload digital images to social media, or send them across the miles to friends and relatives with the option to print.

Getting Started

Once you’ve made the decision to convert your images, gather all your photos, slides and negatives and sort them according to date, subject, or other criteria.

The most important step comes next: Hire a professional document conversion and scanning company to digitize your material and to experience the following benefits:

  • Time savings.
  • State of the art equipment.
  • Expert editing.
  • File organization.

Document and Photo Scanning Services in DC, MD, VA, NJ, & PA

Converting boxes and albums full of old photos can be an overwhelming task, but QFI Inc. makes easy work of photo digitizaton, with the knowledge and resources needed to complete your project on time and on budget.

Call QFI today at 301-284-8789, or contact us online and get started today!